Febuary 8, 2017
Shit just got real.
Every other “Russian hacking” story the mainstream media brought out previously turned out to be some sort of hoax or blown way out of proportion.
But hacking our voting machines? Now that’s serious.
The U.S. official in charge of protecting American elections from hacking says the Russians successfully penetrated the voter registration rolls of several U.S. states prior to the 2016 presidential election.
In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Jeanette Manfra, the head of cybersecurity at the Department of Homeland Security, said she couldn’t talk about classified information publicly, but in 2016, “We saw a targeting of 21 states and an exceptionally small number of them were actually successfully penetrated.”
Sure, contrarians might remind you that attribution of cyber-attacks is impossible, due to how easy it is to mask your identity as someone else through proxies, using code stolen from foreign agencies, and other methods.
And sure, Wikileaks demonstrated that the US intelligence community has developed procedures for masking their operations as originating from other world powers, including Russia.
But now isn’t the time for that. Our democracy is under attack, and drastic measures are necessary.
Jeh Johnson, who was DHS secretary during the Russian intrusions, said, “2016 was a wake-up call and now it’s incumbent upon states and the Feds to do something about it before our democracy is attacked again.”
I agree 100%, Jeh, you weird Black bastard.
I’m going to assume his White genes pushing him to protect America, rather than his Black genes pushing him to attack Donald Trump are at work here.
The Feds definitely need to do something for the mid-terms, which are obviously at risk
“We were able to determine that the scanning and probing of voter registration databases was coming from the Russian government.”
Okay, sure, whatever.
Here’s what we need to do for the mid-terms.
- Stop using electronic voting machines. You can’t hack paper ballots.
- Get Homeland Security to count the votes. Local officials could be bribed by the Russians.
- Check the identity and citizenship status of all voters (you wouldn’t want Russians to vote, right?)
- Just for good measure, announce that you’ll put ICE agents at every voting booth in America. After all, if any illegal Russian immigrants try their luck, we’ll want to deport them ASAP, right?
Unfortunately, the Obama era Homeland Security wasn’t very serious about vote integrity. But in fact, this agency actually has the authority to completely take over the voting process, preventing voting fraud (uh, from the Russians, of course).
Even though President Trump disbanded his controversial election integrity commission in early January, its de facto chair, Republican Secretary of State Kris Kobach, said the commission’s work scrutinizing the credentials of every voter could continue at the Department of Homeland Security. Kobach and his allies want to make documented proof of citizenship a new hurdle to registering—as opposed to signing one’s name on a registration form as a legal oath.
Kris Kobach is a great guy, and he’s now working at the DHS. If anyone is committed to preventing voter fraud, it’s him.
I wouldn’t be surprised if he had a hand in “discovering” the Russian hacking of the 2016 elections.
Maine Secretary of State Matt Dunlap was one of the few Democrats on the panel. In an exit interview with WhoWhatWhy.com, he went beyond recounting his battles with Kobach over disclosing the panel’s agenda to revealing why Kobach was so quick to say Homeland Security can continue its work. This excerpt starts with Dunlap noting that DHS citizenship databases and ID programs have been deeply problematic. That could serve voter suppressors by potentially preventing multitudes from having registration information verified and thus narrowing the electorate. While DHS has issued statements saying it wants no part of the voting process, Kobach has been promoting proof of citizenship for years and is likely to continue.
Dunlap’s comments are a cautionary tale, as DHS has the federal authority to take over the voting process—a fact that is not widely known.
Why would anyone be against “narrowing the electorate” by eliminating foreign agents (you know, Russians and stuff) from the voting process? Only Russian shills could possibly be against this.
And while the Daily Stormer is often accused of being Russian shills, even we have to draw the line somewhere. We fully support having Kris Kobach’s patriotic DHS taking over the voting process to protect us against foreign meddling.
And hey, if a few million illegal spics are prevented from voting as a side-effect, that’s a price I’m willing to pay.
Sorry Jose, but you might just be a Putin agent, so you can’t vote.